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#1 Old 11-29-2009, 02:41 PM
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Flat towing an Xterra

I have an '03 Xterra 4WD AT and the transfer case has a stick shift with a neutral position. The family motor coach assoc. guide says i can't flat tow it behind a motor home, I have towed several different SUV's in the past which had the stick shift transfer case, without any problems. I also would like to know what was to last year they put the stick shift transfer case in before they changed to the electric switch on it. Any help would be appreciated.
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i dont see a problem as long as the trans and the transfer case are in neutral and the hubs are disengaged

the transfer case selection went to the electronic selector knob with the introduction of the second gen (05+)
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Thanks, that is what I thought, however mine has auto. hubs.
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i only say that because the auto hubs can get stuck engaged
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Thanks, that is a good point and I may want to put a set of manual lockouts on it.
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either that or engage 4wd, drive forward a few feet, put it back into 2wd, and drive in reverse until you hear both side unclick
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Yes I have done that on other brands but I have not had a Nissan 4x4. Thanks, it seems you have been there- done that.
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my grandparents have a jeep grand Cherokee that they used to flat tow behind a RV and he never had a problem out of it... he used the blue ox system...


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it is very hard on an auto to flat tow it. the tranny is cooled when the motor is running. although both the cases are in neutral the fluid will still spin the gears. I wouldn't do it personally
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well the tranny pumps its own fluid through the radiator, correct? so the X will be running at speed, and technically shouldnt it cool itself with the air running through the radiator?
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